.243 for Red deer?
Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:01 pm
Apologies if there's a similar topic somewhere else!
Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:13 pm
Personally I'd prefer the .308 but then again I've never shot a red and also it's the calibre I'm comfortable with, with regards to trajectory etc.....
Sure someone with firsthand knowledge will answer your question better
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:29 pm
Appreciate it a lot!
Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:33 pm
Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:49 pm
Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:24 pm
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:09 pm
I shoot quite a few fallow, red, sika and muntjac, all with the .243. Most of the three bigger species are in an enclosed park, so are head/neck shot (follow up is easy as they can't get out of the park). If you hit any deer in the head with the .243 within about 500 yards you will kill it (I'm not talking about missed shots which take the jaw off)
A bigger calibre can be an advantage in some situations. If you are in woodland and want a big blood trail then the chance of a bigger bullet going right through is a bit higher. On the hill, where a runner can mean a long drag over difficult terrain, a bigger round will help to bring the beast down faster, but don't let anyone tell you the .243 isn't enough gun for red!
Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:50 am
Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:26 am
Personally and this is my view I like a little more gun but as stated its adequate and also legally acceptable so it all comes down to if it suits you its a good one.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:05 am
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:19 am
Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:54 am
Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:56 am
You can in scotland,and there was talk of altering the law for england but not sure how that ended
never shot deer, biggest i have took is fox had a lot with the .223 and was just wondering what the exact law is for deer ie is the .243 the lowest caliber to shoot deer with or can the smaller deer be taken with the .223??
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